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The Master of Respiratory Care is a fully online program specifically designed for busy respiratory professionals who want to enhance their career options in education, leadership and research. The program’s core builds on skills related to clinical research, grant writing, leadership development and technology applications related to educational, administrative and research settings. The program is offered in a student-oriented format and an online environment conducive to academic success.

“Advancement within your respiratory career starts with the proper level of education, experience and perseverance. If you’re seeking to aspire to the professional role of leadership, educator or research investigator, this program prepares you academically to achieve those goals.”

Youngstown State University Website – Master of Respiratory Care

Program Curriculum Pathway

Course selection/order may vary. All pathways are subject to change. Always review with your LCCC/Partner advis

Disclaimer: The fluidity of these pathways is acknowledged. At each level, changes are possible as requirements, courses, course numbers, etc. may change. All efforts have been made to confirm the accuracy of the pathway by each institution. Always be aware of the date of review on the document. Always seek the assistance of an Academic Advisor or Counselor.  

Courses for the online Master of Respiratory Care are not required to be taken in a particular order. A total of 30 credit hours is required for degree completion. 

Required Core Courses (27 credit hours required)

Course NameCredit Hours
RESC 5820: The Respiratory Care Profession3
RESC 6950: Respiratory Care Research3
HAHS 5875: IPE for Health Professions3
RESC 6906: Respiratory Care Seminar3
RESC 6908: Leadership Development in Respiratory Care3
RESC 5860: Technology Applications in Health & Human Services3
RESC 6910: Competency Assessment in Respiratory Care3
RESC 6915: Education & Accreditation in Respiratory Care3
CJFS 6945: Research Methods in Health & Human Services3

Recommended electives (3 semester hours required)

Course NameCredit Hours
RESC 5880: Advanced Management of the Ventilator Patient  3
RESC 6922: Special Topics in Respiratory Care      1-3
HAHS 6962: Health Care Reform3
HHS 6958: Health Service Issues3
AHLT 5840: Comparative Health Care Systems3
AHLT 5807: Epidemiology3

Admission Requirements for Master of Respiratory Care Degree

In addition to the minimum School of Graduate Studies admission requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Regular admission requires an unrecalculated cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Current state license as a National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) professional RRT (advanced practitioner) credential.
  • Membership in the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) to access data/projects needed in academic coursework.
  • An (optional) personal interview and additional information as requested by the program’s admission committee.

NOTE: Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be provisionally admitted.

Applicants must submit the following items to the School of Graduate Studies and Research:

  • Official transcripts from each college or institution of higher learning attended (other than YSU).
  • An official report of Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores completed within the past five years if the GPA is less than 2.7.  A GPA less than 3.0 may be admitted provisionally.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background.
  • A letter of intent stating one’s professional goal and how graduate education in respiratory care will help fulfill said goals

Application Procedures

  1. Complete an online graduate application.
    • When selecting your degree, make sure  the degree linked to the campus is LCCC/or Lorain
  2. Submit the application fee.
  3. Request all colleges and universities you have attended to send official transcripts directly to YSU.
  4. In certain master’s programs, test results must be submitted as part of the admission procedure. Check with YSU Graduate Admissions.
  5. Once your materials are in, check your email for an admission decision.
  6. Schedule an advising appointment with your assigned YSU graduate advisor.

Submit transcripts to:
Youngstown State University
Attn:  Office of Admissions
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555

How do I know if I am in the University Partnership?

  • You are following the UP Curriculum Pathway from the associate to the bachelor’s degree.
  • For 2:2 degrees, you have been admitted to the partner institution and have registered for your first classes the upcoming semester, 3rd year of partner classes.  The first day of the 3rd year class, you are officially a UP student.
  • For 3:1 degrees, you are a UP student if you are registered for the 3rd year in either bridgework LCCC classes or UP partner classes. You may not be necessarily admitted with the UP partner just yet.  The first day of the 3rd year of UP or LCCC bridgework class, you are officially a UP student.
  • UP Office will use the email address your partner institution shares with us, which is once a semester, to email out a reminder to you about the UP program supports and services.
  • If you are unsure if you are in the UP, you are welcome to email or call the UP Office to verify your status.

How do I show proof I am a UP student to receive benefits and supports offered at LCCC

  • Go to the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LCCC Bass Library  (440) 366-4026.
  • Show your class registration for UP classes with the partner institution or LCCC bridgework classes.
  • Bass Library staff will place a color coded sticker on the back of your LCCC or partner institution ID card.  If you have no LCCC or UP ID card, a UP ID card will be issued to you.
  • You will need to get a new sticker (date specific) each semester that you are registered for UP partner classes.
  • An ID card is not required but would be needed if you are seeking benefits and supports at LCCC while in the partnership.
  • Supports and services are for Elyria Campus and the Learning Centers (Community Learning  Center at Lorain High School, Lorain Learning Center at City Center, LCCC Wellington Center, and University Partnership Ridge Campus).

For more information

Master of Respiratory Care  
Dr. Kelly L. Colwell, EdD, MRC, RRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C
Undergraduate and Graduate Program Director Respiratory Care
(330) 941-2631

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